Israel right to say 'Enough!' to grotesquely biased UNHRC inquiry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nachman Shai - (Opinion) February 1, 2013 - 12:00am


As a re-elected Member of Knesset for the Labor Party, I was disturbed by two developments in the past couple of days: the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) call for sanctions against the State of Israel, and the decision of the New York Times to lambast 


Iran, Israel and Their Red Lines Over Syria
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Meir Javendanfar - (Opinion) January 30, 2013 - 12:00am


On Saturday [Jan. 26] the government of Iran drew a red line around Syria.


Khaled Abu Toameh, Journalist Forges On As Lonely Dissenting Arab Voice On PA
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Baltimore Jewish Times
by Alex Trainman - (Opinion) January 30, 2013 - 12:00am


In an environment where criticism of Israel is not only common, but also encouraged, Arab-Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh is a lonely voice of dissent on issues relating to the Palestinian Authority (PA).  “I believe that a journalist should be loyal to the truth, as opposed to a president or a prime minister,” Abu Toameh said. “I do not wish to be a mouthpiece for any leader, an organ of any structure or a coverup agent for anybody. A journalist should be free to criticize anyone as long as he is telling the truth.”


The Israel Debate In South Africa
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Peter Beinart - (Opinion) January 29, 2013 - 12:00am


South Africa is America on steroids. It’s even more sports-obsessed. It’s even more violent. Its state-sponsored racism was even more brutal. Its racial progress has been even more jaw-dropping. Its gulf between rich and poor is even more awful. South Africa’s debate over Israel is more extreme too. The right is further right; the left is further left. And the big reason is apartheid, which haunts South Africa’s Israel conversation at every turn.


Israeli Embassy Deletes ‘Christmas Thought’ Attacking Palestinians From Facebook
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Robert Mackey - December 17, 2012 - 12:00am


Last Update, 3:10 p.m. A “Christmas thought,” suggesting that if Jesus lived in the modern world he would “probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians,” was deleted from the official Facebook page of Israel’s embassy in Ireland on Monday, just a few hours after it was posted.


Israeli FM further slams EU critique over settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman continued Wednesday to slam the European Union's critique on Israel's construction in the settlements.


Abbas visits Turkey to map out Israel strategy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Thomas Seibert - December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


ISTANBUL // Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's visit to Ankara yesterday highlighted Turkey's two-pronged Middle East policy that seeks to balance strong support for the Palestinian cause and unyielding criticism of Israel with a pragmatism that includes fresh talks with Tel Aviv.


We're losing America's Jews
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yitzhak Benhorin - (Opinion) December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON - As we deal with our daily existential war in Israel and find it difficult to focus on processes that are more long term, America's Jews are gradually abandoning us. They are not doing it by shouting and threatening, so it is hard to measure the leak in the dam. They simply move aside and go about their business. It's not a PR issue.


Washington Watch: Evading peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Douglas Bloomfield - (Opinion) December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


It was an “Aha! moment” for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. When Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal told half a million followers in Gaza on Sunday that “Palestine is ours from the river to the sea” and “Israel has no right in Jerusalem,” and when Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas failed to denounce the speech, which one of his aides called “very positive,” Netanyahu declared: “I told you so.”


Palestinians to consider ICC if Israel pursues settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Foreign Press
December 11, 2012 - 12:00am


ANKARA/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that Palestine could pursue Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it pushes ahead with plans to build thousands of new settler housing units in East Jerusalem.



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